Airline and Israel Ridge Trail - Behind Mount Sam Adams
Perhaps the best view of the hike, this exemplifies the adventure of that day. As we descend this part of the trail, the trail signs are sketchy and possibly misleading. We have to cross a snowfield, postholing from time to time. The clouds boil up a thousand feet into the sky to our left.
We're starting to worry about being late. What was supposed to be a ten hour hike is already far into the seventh hour and Sue is expecting us in less than four more hours. So we have four hours to make a descent across the unknown amount of steep snow that our ascent has made us suspect must be choking the upper trails of the Israel Ridge, descend a steep and rugged trail across stone, mud and roots, and then follow the river to the trailhead.
The trail we are about to follow heads fairly directly toward the cloud wall. You can see a bit of it traced by snow just past the snowfield, curving right, where it ultimately leads to the Israel Ridge Trail.